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Getting Out Of Florida

Comic Nadeem Awad spent most of his life living in Florida and, as this video clip shows, it's having an effect on him.

by Chuck king
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DELRAY BEACH – One of South Florida’s fastest-rising comics, Nadeem Awad is starting to gain traction outside the Sunshine State.

During the last week in July, Awad traveled to New York City where he performed at the Salty Dog in the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn and the Grisly Pear in Greenwich Village.

“Everything was awesome in New York,” Awad said. “We sold out the Bay Ridge show. I ended up doing a show at the Grisly Pear in Greenwich Village, which was phenomenal.”

Fellow South Florida comic David Sadman produced and also performed in the Salty Dog show, with another South Floridan, Jim Patterson, also making the trip.

Zach McGovern, a New Yorker who spent plenty of time performing in South Florida during the pandemic, joined the group.

“I didn’t know what to expect because I had never played New York,” Awad said. “I actually liked it more than I ever thought I would. I considered living there, and then I thought about it and was like, nah, I’m going to go back home.”

Awad has been a traveler this summer. Shortly before the New York trip, he spent several weeks in and around the Rocky Mountains.

That’s the jumping-off point for the above video clip. This short Nadeem Awad comedy clip was recorded at Delray Beach’s Wine House Social in early July. Despite the heat of the South Florida summer night, Awad wore his ski cap – AKA “beanie” – on stage, referring to it during this joke.

That beanie made the trip to New York City, but wasn’t a topic in any of Awad’s sets.

“I didn’t wear my beanie at all in any of the shows,” Awad said. “I did have it close by, though.”

Awad returns to the Wine House Social on Tuesday for the second post-pandemic show at the Delray Beach wine bar. Joey Medina headlines that show. Awad is the feature, with Perry Sak and Anthony Terzo also scheduled to perform. Sadman will host.

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